I know this has been asked before, but I wonder if there is something that can/should/could be done about it. I see a LOT of Community bumps bringing up old messages. I checked a minute ago - 21 out of 48 messages on the DIY home page. The same messages keep coming up over & over again.
I don't see this as much in other parts of StackExchange. Is this something where different communities have different configuration parameters? If so, can/should it be adjusted for DIY? Or is this something where DIY just somehow ends up with a lot more of these old never-quite-done questions?
The answer by @ChrisF is pretty much what I expected. The problem is that (a) it seems to be much worse on DIY than other sites, and I would like to see if there is anything that can be done about that (whether that is instructing users or changing configuration parameters) and (b) a lot of times there are reasons why I can't upvote (answer is vague or incomplete), provide a good answer (question very often needs clarification/more details), edit the question (the questions are often good questions but just don't provide enough details) or vote/close off-topic (because that is usually not the case - the off-topic questions actually get taken care of pretty quickly).
Some specifics based on "right now" (Sunday 11/11/2018 10:16am EST):
Fans/lights switches can be turned on/off from different locations - Need more details from OP.
Goodman gas furnace limit switch opening, blower only runs with a/c - Troubleshooting going on in comments, seems to have just "stopped" and really can't continue with answers (existing answer is a good guess but looks like it is not the real solution) without more details.
Wiring Baystat240a to Honeywell RTH2510 w/ picture - I upvoted.
What size wire should I use to add an outlet to a light circuit? - I added a, hopefully better, answer.
Why don't I have power after an outlet was shorted? - Short answer that, combined with the comments, covers the likely issues. But really waiting on more info. from OP.
Can I place a Booster Pump after Pressure Tank and before my water softener - Comments on an answer sound like they resolve the problem, but answer wasn't revised (and it is a topic I know nothing about so not doing that myself) and OP didn't upvote.
Adding a bulkhead to a framed/stud wall - Conversation in comments to an answer that seems to have stopped.
Why would my microwave continually rotate when connected to a voltage stabilizer which is also used for a refrigerator? - Waiting on more details from OP.
Installed new bath faucet. No cold water comes out - Answer seems to have resolved the problem so I upvoted.
What is causing earth leakage? - Answer sounds good to me so I upvoted.
There are more on the home page. Not enough time to go through them all right now.
The typical situation seems to be:
New contributor with very little activity - typically shows, even months later, reputation of 11 or less, or occasionally 101 if they came from elsewhere in SE.
Either no response to comments asking for more details, or a short string of Q&A followed by "nothing".
Often an answer that is a bit vague or incomplete because the question is vague.
Is there anything that can be done? Any way to remind OP that a question does not have an accepted answer (I know that such messages might be ignored, but just a thought)?
I'm trying to knock down some of the Community bumps. But there are quite a few where I either don't know enough to realistically upvote an answer, or where I know enough to know that the existing answers just really aren't that good. On the other hand, I am now finding some other sites are having the same problem - I just didn't notice it before.